I realized that despite the new year having started, I haven’t created any cards celebrating the occasion. So, since I was late sending a Christmas card to this particular crafty friend, I decided to send her a New Years cards instead. Since she is a wizard with watercoloring herself, I went with this technique as well.
I’m using a digi stamp by Gerda Steiner Designs and a free balloon image I found on the net. I combined them with a fun sentiment I made up and printed them onto Canson water color card stock. Had to wrap my brain around how to insert the card stock in the printer so everything would go into the right place, but now I have a sticker on my printer hat will tell me what to do the next time 🙂
I’m using the same technique I shared a few days ago on my blog: blending distress inks with a Blender Pen instead of water. I have so much more control this way. When I work with a brush, I feel like a good let with a fountain pen: challenged and utterly unsuccessful. With this technique, I can achieve amazing effects almost effortless. The only thing I still have to work on: patience. You really need to wait until each layer of color has completely dried, otherwise you’ll pill the paper and the colors will bleed in an unpleasant way.
I didn’t catch it on camera, but after I was finished with the coloring part, the card still looked a bit … bland to me. I racked my brain what I could do to pep it up, yet keep it entirely one dimensional. Here came my clear Wink of Stella brush to the rescue and I added quite a bit of fun sparkle to the card. I hope you can see it in the close up:
And since I kept the card nice and clean, I’ll submit it to the Virginia’s View #11 Clean Slate challenge. Cheers!